ARK A Platform for Consumer Adoption updated info



  • ABOUT ARK


    ARK

    provides users with innovative use cases through the development and
    integration of technologies that power the blockchain universe. Highly
    flexible and adaptable, ARK is a secure platform designed for
    mass adoption and will deliver the services that consumers want.


    Features:

    FAST

    ARK's Core is configured to produce ultra fast transaction speeds approaching 200 transactions per minute. With scaling, higher throughput is possible.

    DECENTRALIZED

    ARK provides a more decentralized voting system than other DPoS consensus models. Voting weight is divided across all votes instead of assigning 100% weight to each vote, making it nearly impossible for a takeover of the entire network.


    BRIDGING

    ARK aims to bridge well known blockchain technologies through the use of SmartBridges, thus achieving hyper-connectivity.

    SUSTAINABLE

    The ARKShield program provides an extra layer of protection to ARK. A professionally managed Sustainability and Contingency Fund or ARKShield, will provide stable funding throughout development.

    ARK ROADMAP

    Project Ark consists of five phases of development to be sequentially deployed over the next two years.  Each phase is constructed upon the foundation of the prior, with the endgame being an integrated ecosystem designed for ease of use and wide spread mass adoption.


    1. Atlas – ARK Token Exchange Campaign(ARK-TEC)
    • Starting Monday, November 7th and lasting till Sunday, December 11th 2016 with minimum threshold to start set at 2000 BTC.
    • During this time we are going to deploy ARK testnet.
    2. Atlantis – ARK Mainnet Launch
    • Full node software is openly distributed. Lite Clients for desktop.
    • Formation of business entities. We are currently speaking with attorneys from countries in our internal priorities list.
    3. Apollo – P2P Card Network
    • Research, Sourcing, and Development of various Smart Card/NFC materials.
    • Partnerships for NFC/contactless chip wearable devices with manufacturers.
    4. Aphrodite – Bridged Blockchain Support
    • Distribution of Smart Cards and POS Hardware.
    • Debugging and Feature building for current use cases.
    5. Argos – Partnerships, Integrations, and Ecosystem Development

    Integration of InterPlanetary DataBase (IPDB: Unreleased/Integration date TBD: potential for move to Aphrodite or earlier phases

    W

    Whitepaper:

    ARK ECOSYSTEM:

    ARK COMMUNITY

    A diverse group of talented individuals uniting to realize the vision shared by our 30 members - all passionately devoted to collaboration and the development of the Ark ecosystem.

    PHYSICAL CARD SYSTEM

    Physical cards and transfer equipment accessible to people without traditional bank accounts. This also includes tools to manage off-chain transactions.

    BRIDGED BLOCKCHAINS

    Ark will bridge other blockchains via a vendorfield known as the SmartBridge. This includes, but is not limited to: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Lisk.

    UNDERLYING TOKEN

    ѦRK coin. Fast, secure, and stable. Utilizing delegated proof of stake to secure the network.

    HYPERMEDIA PROTOCOL PLATFORM

    A peer-to-peer InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) integration will enable ARK to enter the future of media and hosting.

    INTERPLANETARY-SCALE BLOCKCHAIN DATA BASE

    A peer-to-peer InterPlanetary DataBase (IPDB), will be integrated into ARK. *pending IPDB final release

    CONSTANT IMPROVEMENTS

    Our developers are working around the clock making improvements to our core. Keeping it fast, secure, and stable.

    OPTIONAL PRIVACY

    To increase the reach of the ARK ecosystem we are aiming to implement optional private transactions.

    SELF-SUSTAINING

    We not only develop the tools bridging the virtual with reality, but also provide the unique services consumers want, understand, and are willing to purchase using ARK.

    DOWNLOAD CLIENTS (ALPHA)






    ARK Social:


    Facebook

    Telegram

    Github

    Bitcointalk

    Slack

    Twitter

    Reddit

    Youtube



    ARK Team:https://ark.io/#team








  • How do I Register as An ARK Delegate?

    http://cryptocentral.info/topi...



  • How To Setup a Node for ARK

    includes Cheat-Sheet for Quick Start at Bottom

    Author,

    BoldNinja


    *Don’t forget to read How to Register an ARK Delegate, as you will need the passphrase of your delegate wallet later on in this installation : CLICK

    Minimum requirements for running ARK node (active or relay):  — 1 dedicated CPU core, x86 or x64 architecture (the higher the CPU clock speed, the better)  — 1 GB RAM (the more the better, we suggest at least 2GB),  — Linux - Ubuntu 16.04 (this is optimal, and this guide is written for it)  — 10GB free space (we recommend SSD/m.2, as opposed to traditional HDD drives, and we suggest at least 20GB)

    Recommended VPS/Cloud providers:  — DigitalOcean  — Vultr  — OVH

    For this guide, we’ll use DigitalOcean, but note that other providers offer a better price and hardware (such as Vultr or OVH SSD).

    #1. Get yourself a server for your node

    (for our guide we’ll use DigitalOcean)

    We will create a droplet via DigitalOcean interface, for the Linux distro we will use Ubuntu 16.04.2 x64, $10 per month plan (1GB RAM/1CPU). We will choose New York #2 (your preferred location can be anything, but we avoid Singapore and Bangalore for possible latency issues). Next, choose 1 droplet  and enter a hostname of your liking. After that, click create.


    Once your server instance is ready, you will receive all of the info in your email (username, password, and IP address).

    Once you have received this info on our email, it will be used throughout this guide. (replace with your info when setting up your node):

    username : root password : xxx (sent in email) IP : xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (sent in email) SSH port : 22 (this is default)

    #2. Connect to your newly created server instance via SSH

    Windows : you can use any SSH client. For our example we will use Putty (an open-source client you can download here : download Putty) MAC OS : open Terminal ( To start Terminal, go to your Mac’s Applications folder => click on the Utilities folder => then click on Terminal). Linux : depending on your distribution, you can usually also open it by pressing a combination of “Ctrl + Alt + T” keys.

    For terminal in Linux / MAC OS you can connect with this command: ssh user@<server-ip> example for our instance of server in Linux / MAC OS would be:  ssh root@162.243.232.177

    For our guide we’ll use Putty (Windows) — start it up:


    Under Host Name (or IP address) input the IP your server provided in the email and click on Open. To skip this step for future, you can click on Default Settings and Save to save this IP, so the next time you start, you can just click on Default Settings and load button. You can also give the session a name, like “ark-testnet”, save it, and load it in the future as needed for this particular server.

    When first connecting to this server from your computer, you will see a security alert (rsa2 key fingerprint). Click on “Yes” to continue. This will be shown only the first time, after that it will be stored for future sessions.


    Now the command line will be shown, asking you to provide the username that you received in your email, “root”. Type it in and press [enter]. After that, you will be prompted for your password*. Enter the one sent in your email and press [enter] to connect to your server.

    • when you write your password it won’t show any characters, but it has been recorded. As a useful tip, you can copy your password to the clipboard and then paste it in your Putty session. Simply right click and it will paste the data you have in your clipboard.

    As a security feature, a lot of providers have a mandatory change of the password they first assign to your root user, in which case, you will be asked to first input your current password (from the email), and enter a new one (we strongly recommend 16+ char one with a mix of letters, numbers, special characters).


    If your provider doesn’t ask you to change a password on first connection you can initiate this yourself. It is highly recommended that you change the default password with a new one) by entering the command passwd, followed by [enter].

    You will be prompted to enter a new password and then retype the same password.

    Save your root password as you can get locked out of your own server if you forget it. At this stage, you can do a test and type exit, and then reconnect to your server — follow the steps from the beginning of #2 to connect again.

    #3. Setting Up Regular User With Sudo Privileges

    Now that we successfully connected and changed the password for root it is time to create a new regular user with sudo privileges (sudo privileges allow a user to run programs with the security privileges of another user).

    How to add new regular user:

    adduser <yourusername> our example: adduser ark Enter a new password, enter it again, and press [enter] 6 times to accept all of the default values.


    Now that we have successfully created user with the username ark (you can choose whatever username you want except root of course), it is time to assign this regular user sudo privileges.

    How to add sudo privileges to our newly created regular user:

    usermod -a -G sudo <yourusername> our example: usermod -a -G sudo ark

    For terminal in Linux / MAC OS you can connect with this command: ssh yourusername@<server-ip> example for our instance of server in Linux / MAC OS would be:  ssh ark@162.243.232.177

    #4. Installing ARK Node

    Now that we have our node ready, it is time to install ARK. First we will download the ARK installer called “Ark Commander” simply by executing this command: wget https://ark.io/ARKcommander.sh and then execute it with: bash ARKcommander.sh


    Now the ARKcommander installation script will open. At the first step, you will need to provide your user’s password (in our example, the password for user ark).


    Since this is your first time running this installer, it will check for
    all of the dependencies and updates the ARK node needs to run — press
    [enter] to continue and be patient. It might take a while, so do not
    interrupt the process.

    (updating the system — don’t interrupt)


    (installing prerequisites — don’t interrupt)


    After this process finishes you will be asked to reboot your server — execute with the command:

    sudo reboot


    Don’t be alarmed by this message it simply states since you restarted your server, Putty has lost connection to it. Simply click on OK:

    Now open putty again, reconnect with your user, and execute : bash ARKcommander.sh Provide your password if asked to enter the menu.


    There are a lot of options, and since this is our first installation, you will input number 1 and press [enter] to execute the Install ARK process. Now the ARK node installation will start — don’t interrupt, it might take a few minutes!

    After the node installation is done, you will be asked if you want to set the secret passphrase of your delegate (the password you are using to access your delegate’s wallet). By pressing [enter] you will be prompted to enter it, and if you do not want to set it, you can press N and [enter].


    If you pressed enter (and chose option Y), you will be prompted to enter your delegate passphrase — enter it (or copy from elsewhere and paste it with the right click in putty) and press [enter] to save it — you can also change it later with option 5 in the ARK command center. Now you will be asked if you are sure to save it to your config — [press enter] and your ARK node server will start after that — voila, press [enter] to return to the ARK command center.

    You will be returned to your ARK commander center.

    You can check to see if your node is running by pressing S + [enter] (*note that letters in ARK command center are case sensitive so small s won’t work, same with other letters).

    Check the ARK node logs by pressing L + [enter] — to exit log view press ctrl + C (to close the scrolling log text) and return to the ARK command center.

    You can stop the ARK node process with K + [enter] — that will stop your node.

    If you want to start it again press A + [enter] — this will start your node again

    If your node is stuck, usually a simple R + [enter] will suffice (it will automatically kill and start ARK node process).

    0 + [enter] will exit the ARK commander center and return you back to your home directory with a linux command prompt.

    Play a bit and get accustomed to it — and remember, you can always enter ark comander with the command bash ARKcommander.sh (make sure you are in the correct directory where it is located, usually in home — you can get to your home directory by simply entering cd ~ )

    #BONUS: Cheat-sheet

    (you can also perform a lot of the tasks without the need of ARK commander):

    Make sure you are in ark-node directory by typing: cd ~/ark-node

    After that you can perform a lot of tasks with simple commands (commands are written in bold):  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Restarting your ARK node: forever restart app.js  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Real-time log of your ARK node: tail -f ./logs/ark.log  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Killing your ARK node process: forever stopall  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Listing your forever processes (ARK node): forever list  — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —   — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Updating your ARK node : git pull After updating, you need to restart the node: forever restart app.js — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    Still having issues? Join our Slack and a member of our team or one of the community members will be glad to help you out: https://ark.io/join-ark-slack/



  • ARK Main Net Launch Date is Set — Get Ready!

    After five months of development, the ARK Crew could not be more proud of the community that has sprung up in support of ARK. After getting to know all of you through testing, contests, and just chatting about life, we really do feel like you are part of the ARK family. That is why we felt it only fitting to break the news to you, our dedicated testers, friends, and strongest supporters first.

    Our development team has given the green light for us to announce the official launch date of the ARK Mainnet.

    The ARK network will come online at 1900 UTC on 21 March, 2017. This marks a major accomplishment for both our team and our community and we want to say THANK YOU for all of your hard work on testnet helping us to create the most stable, secure, and feature rich version of ARK yet. We always felt that creating a stable core release was more important than deadlines and we now have a client that is ready for primetime.

    On March 21st everyone will be able to go to http://tec.ark.io and claim their ARK tokens by withdrawing them to your own personal ARK addresses. All wallets will need to be updated to the mainnet release version prior to the launch and will be available athttp://ark.io.

    Bounties will be added to the TEC website or will be manually processed AFTER the launch of ARK Mainnet. This is to give the ARK crew time to verify that the network is properly functioning before distribution.

    While exchanges will be available during our initial launch period, we are unable to give additional details at this time. Please keep an eye out on ARK Slack Chat and our blog for exchange announcements during our mainnet launch.

    We would like to thank the community for being patient and sticking with us. This is just the beginning of what will be an amazing year for ARK. Mainnet launch is just the first milestone on an expansive development roadmap that we plan to continue to refine as we move forward.

    As always, thank you for being an ARK supporter. To keep up to date on everything ARK, read our Blog, hit us up on Slack, follow us on Twitter andFacebook and on March 21st, go buy some ARK!

    By, 

    BoldNinja



  • Ark on CoinTelegraph: 

    https://cointelegraph.com/pres...



  • First Annual ARK March Madness Bracket Contest — Your Chance to Win Some ARK


    To celebrate the launch of ARK Main Net, the ARK crew would like to invite our community to participate in the 1st annual ARK March Madness bracket contest.

    For those who have never heard of March Madness, it’s a collegiate men’s basketball tournament that starts on the second week of March through to the first week of April.

    The contest is free to enter with this great prizes amounting to 25,000 ARK total :

    1. Winner will take home 17,500 ARK
    2. Second place gets 5,000 ARK
    3. Third one gets 2,500 ARK

    If you want a chance to win, sign up and fill out a bracket.

    http://ark.mayhem.cbssports.com/

    Bracket will be available this Sunday, March 12th. The tournament starts on Thursday, March 16th. Good luck.



  • Pre-Main Net Annoucement

    As we prepare for mainnet launch in just a few days (21st of March 2017 @ 19:00 UTC), we thought we would do a quick pre-launch update to go over some things for launch day. Just a few common FAQ to make it easier for everyone on Tuesday.

    First, you will need to update your ARK wallet before you visit the TEC site on Tuesday. As of the writing of this post, it is not yet ready for download. When the updated wallet is complete, everyone here, on Bitcointalk, and on Twitter will be notified.

    Second, at 19:00 UTC on Tuesday the 21st, you will be able to login to http://tec.ark.io. At that point in time, you will be able to withdraw your ARK to your new wallet, but NOT before 19:00 UTC.

    Third, yes, ARK will be on exchanges at launch, and more will be added as the day and week progress. NO, we will not divulge the names of these exchanges. That is entirely up to the exchanges themselves to announce at their discretion. But be rest assured, you can transfer your ARK to an exchange on the 21st.

    Fourth, all bounties that were claimed and processed will be added to your TEC account, or if TEC email was not confirmed, may be distributed manually. Not all bounties will be given out right away. Please give us time to process them as the week progresses so that we can focus on a smooth launch. Please bear with us. We cannot stress this enough — we will process all bounties, BUT must first focus on a successful and smooth launch.

    Fifth, community forging will be activated automatically in the block chain approximately one week after the mainnet launch. This will give us the needed time to analyze the network and make sure all is well. Community Forging is currently hard set to initialize at block 75,600. If all is well, this number will not change. This also allows you, the community, to set up forging nodes and be prepared for block 75,600. You will be able to vote your delegates up into forging position as soon as we launch but you will only receive transaction fees until block 75,600 when forgers will add an additional 2 ARK to each block they forge.

    Please make use of the ARK Commander Node installer and monitoring tool if you plan on running a forging node. It is truly spectacular. Instructions are available on the blog in the guides section : https://blog.ark.io/tagged/gui...

    Now that we got that out of the way, how about some new goodies…

    We want to thank our community for making the ARK Ecosystem truly something to behold. We also want to give a special thanks to our testnet group. Without your tireless testing, and giving the devs crazy headaches, we would not be where we are today. As a token of our appreciation, we will be giving away all of the ARK generated via transactions on the genesis nodes before block 75,600 on mainnet. It will be split evenly between the magnificent 7.  Who are the magnificent 7 you ask? Slack usernames : Bcboilermaker, Dafty, Ghostfaceuk, Jamiec79, Michaelthecryptoguy, Sidzero, Toons.

    These guys were here almost every single day trying to destroy the testnet, constantly updating, constantly monitoring logs, and for that, the ARK Crew thanks you… by offering you some of the very thing you are trying to break.

    We also have a new iPhone app for everyone to try out — huge thanks to vrlc92 for providing a neat newiOS ARK Monitor APP for your iPhone.  https://itunes.apple.com/app/a...

    And special thank you to Gr33ndrag0n who provided Ark Monitor script found here : https://github.com/Gr33nDrag0n... .

    Thank you to Toons who made a Python framework for ARK already available here : https://github.com/Moustikitos...

    We have also redesigned the Merch Store, making it more aesthetically pleasing while maintaining ease of use . http://shop.ark.io

    There is our pre-launch update. I hope everyone is now more prepared and less sleep deprived than us!

    Join our slack to always be up to date : https://ark.io/join-ark-slack/

    Read our mainnet press release: https://cointelegraph.com/pres...

    More info on how to generate your Ark address for withdrawal and guides upcoming in the next few days!



  • How To Generate Your Own ARK Address (and Passphrase)

    As we near our main net launch (21st of March 2017 @ 19:00), you will need to set up your own personal ARK address, to which you’ll want to withdraw your tokens from the https://tec.ark.io dashboard (scroll at the end of this guide for instructions on using the dashboard). There are 3 main methods on how you can generate your own address. There is a 4th option at the end for advanced users.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Save passphrases of ARK addresses you are going to be using — there is no “forgot my password” function and if you lose it, forget it, delete it, or it gets stolen, there is nothing we can do to recover any tokens on that ARK address — so make your backups and store them safely in more than one place (eg. on a piece of paper, USB drive, QR code, …)!

    #1 Ark Paper Wallet

    Visit : https://arkecosystem.github.io...

    1.Click on “Create a new random wallet” (we recommend clicking on “download” button highlighted on the image and running it from your local computer for extra security)


    2. Move your mouse up,down,left,right till progress bar hits the end and generates new random wallet

    3. You will now be present with a random 12 word passphrase — COPY IT AND SAVE IT AND KEEP IT SAFE IF YOU LOSE IT WE CANNOT RETRIEVE IT! This is your Secret Key.

    4. Copy and save your Ark address in the withdrawal field on https://tec.ark.io/dashboard website (scroll at the end of this guide for instructions)*.

    #2 ARK Desktop Client

    Download the latest release from (depending on your operating system) : https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    1. Install the ARK client and open it.

    2. Once installed and opened, you will be presented with the main Ark desktop client window. In order to create a new account, click on the button “CREATE ACCOUNT

    3. The Ark desktop client will generate a new random 12 word passphrase — COPY IT AND SAVE IT AND KEEP IT SAFE. IF YOU LOSE IT, WE CANNOT RETRIEVE IT!

    4. Click next — you will again be prompted to input the same passphrase that was generated on the 1st step. Write it / paste it and after you are done, click on create — this will create your new Ark address.

    4. You will now be redirected to your newly created Ark wallet. You can copy your Ark address that was generated with the passphrase in 1st step by simply clicking on it.

    5. Copy and save your Ark address in the withdrawal field on https://tec.ark.io/dashboard website (scroll at the end of this guide for instructions)*.

    #3 Ark Lite Web Wallet

    Visit: https://arkecosystem.github.io...

    1. Click on new account.

    2. Move your mouse around (up,down,left,right — however you wish) until it fills the progress bar

    3. This will generate a new 12 word passphrase — COPY IT AND SAVE IT, AND KEEP IT SAFE. IF YOU LOSE IT WE CANNOT RETRIEVE IT! 4. After you are done, click on the button “YES! IT’S SAFE!”

    5. The system will ask you for one random word from the previously generated passphrase to verify the you have saved it. Write it in the field below and click on the “OK” button — this will open up the wallet and show you your Ark address.

    6. Now that you are in your wallet —Copy and save your Ark address in the withdrawal field on https://tec.ark.io/dashboard website (scroll at the end of this guide for instructions)* .

    #4 ARK CLI (for advanced users)

    Visit for more info : https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    Open up the terminal of your Linux distro and install Ark CLI with this command: npm install -g arkecosystem/ark-client#master

    After you are done installing, you can start it up with this command:

    ark-client

    Once in ark-client mode you can generate a new account with:

    account create

    This will create a new account and provide you with a passphrase and the corresponding Ark address.

    *Where to Input Your Ark Address To Receive TEC ARK Tokens?

    Visit : https://tec.ark.io/dashboard

    1 Input Ark address you generated using any of the previous methods 2. Click on Save

    3. Once successfully saved you will be give the following instruction :

    Author,

    BoldNinja



  • How To Install / Reinstall Desktop Wallet (v 1.0.1 MainNet)

    #1 FIRST INSTALL (if you haven’t yet downloaded and used any of the previous versions)

    1. Download version for your OS from:https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...
    2. Install
    3. Click on +CREATE ACCOUNT (if you want to create a new account) or +IMPORT ACCOUNT (if you want to import your wallet that you already generated previously).

    *NOTE: Main net goes officially live at 19:00 UTC — you will need to login tohttps://tec.ark.io/dashboard and save your ARK address that you generated and want to withdraw ARK from TEC website to your address. Button for withdrawal will appear around 19:00 UTC!

    DON’T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR PASSPHRASES — WE CANNOT RECOVER YOUR ARK IF YOU LOSE IT/DELETE IT/IT GETS STOLEN!

    #2 YOU HAVE USED ARK DESKTOP OR DOWNLOADED PREVIOUS INSTANCES

    1. Download version for your OS from:https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...
    2. Install
    3. As we need to clear cache from previous versions press CTRL+D to open debug screen on the right side

    4. Click on CONSOLE tab

    5. Copy + Paste this line into console box and press [enter]

    localStorage.clear();window.location.reload();

    6. Click on +CREATE ACCOUNT (if you want to create a new account) or+IMPORT ACCOUNT (if you want to import your wallet that you already generated previously).

    NOTE: Main net goes officially live at 19:00 UTC — you will need to login tohttps://tec.ark.io/dashboard and save your ARK address that you generated and want to withdraw to. Button for withdrawal will appear around 19:00 UTC!

    DON’T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR PASSPHRASES — WE CANNOT RECOVER YOUR ARK IF YOU LOSE IT/DELETE IT/IT GETS STOLEN!

    You are set!




  • Post Launch Analysis — 24 Hours Out

    suc•cess (sək-sĕsˈ)

    • n.
    • The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted: attributed their success in business to hard work.

    Indeed the launch of ARK was a smashing success — at 19:00 UTC on 21st of March, ARK MainNet went live with an extremely smooth launch. We have been relentlessly preparing behind the scenes to ensure the ARK community had no difficulties retrieving their tokens from the ARK-TEC site, downloading and configuring their wallets and firing up nodes to begin the competition for forging spots. Key to this process was the development of the ARKcommander ARK node tool that makes installation, configuring, updating and monitoring ARK nodes a breeze.

    Genesis delegates were quickly replaced by community members as they brought their nodes online, and in a very short time the ARK network was rock stable with 100% ARK community members from all over the world. A huge thank you to our community — you are awesome. And a special extra thank you to the magnificent 7 (dafty, michaelthecryptoguy, sidzero, ghostfaceuk, bcboilermaker, jamiec79 and toons). You guys have gone above and beyond in your efforts, enthusiasm and tireless testing during testnet to ensure we had a solid launch! For the first week the equal total of all transaction fees prior to block 75600 will be split evenly between the magnificent 7 who have earned every bit of it. And forging rewards will start with block 75600 early next week. At that point the network will be entirely in the communities hands…. And we will sleep like babies knowing our months of hard work is protected by such a great team.

    Soon after launch we experienced a DDoS attack that originated from Kansas (no place like home right Toto?) and the stress on the network far exceeded any of the stressors we had applied during testnet testing. And….the network held up brilliantly. Blocks kept cranking out on time and the few nodes that were knocked out were genesis nodes — the delegate nodes held their ground.

    Overall we could not be more pleased. Very few glitches, no forks and the Bittrex trading volume skyrocketed shortly after launch, with rapid transfers from ARK wallets to Bitrex without any issues. The first 24 hour volume on Bittrex was over 240 BTC — which is ahead of Monero, SDC and even Lisk! The price has been very stable since, remains above ICO price and has started to gradually rise over the past several hours. This stability in price is not usual shortly after a cryptocurrency launch and implies confidence in ARK and the network.

    Comments started to roll in about how this was the smoothest launch they had ever seen in crypto. There was also praise for our thorough and accurate documentation.

    “I had no problems with moving ark from the exchange and it arrived very quickly”
    “I’m running a node and everything went fine.And the linux software is really user friendly!”
    “The mainnet launch itself was very smooth. the delegates were in place ready to go with time to spare and took up the strain wonderfully and smoothly. you would almost think it was a quiet day…”
    “everything went fine and i have do the withdraw after 4–5 min of mainnet launch. very good jobs guys!!! congrats!”

    Also, it was wonderful to see so many familiar names from other coins jump aboard as ARK ecosystem members and delegates — we can not emphasize enough how appreciative we are of the ARK community.

    Have any questions?

    https://ark.io/join-ark-slack/

    Where can I find ARK blockchain explorer?

    https://explorer.ark.io

    Where can I trade ARK?

    Bittrex:https://bittrex.com/Market/Index?MarketName=BTC-ARK Cryptopia:https://www.cryptopia.co.nz/Exchange/?market=ARK_BTC

    Is ARK already listed on any market capitalisation sites?

    CoinMarketCap:https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/ark/ CryptoCompare:https://cryptocompare.com/coins/ark/overview/BTC

    How can I help ARK?

    Request coin to be listed on Polo:https://poloniex.com/coinRequest Cast us a free vote at NovaExchange:https://novaexchange.com/addcoin/ Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ArkEcosystem/ Follow us on Twitter:https://twitter.com/ArkEcosystem

    Spread the word — and again thank you for your tremendous support and positive words!



  • How To Vote or Un-Vote an ARK Delegate and How Does it All Work?

    ARK uses DPoS (Delegated Proof of Stake) consensus in order to produce / confirm blocks (read ARK voting explained to learn more).

    You can use your ARK to vote or un-vote a delegate. In this short guide we’ll show you how you can vote (cast a vote towards the delegate you chose — either be it yourself, other community member you wish to support, project, pool, …) or un-vote a delegate you are already voting for (eg. you want to change the vote to someone else). Voting with your ARK can provide you with extra ARK due to the forging rewards that are processed by delegates (rewards are awarded to 51st active delegates).

    First if you haven’t you’ll need to download and install Ark Desktop Client from here : https://github.com/ArkEcosyste... and import / access the wallet you want to vote from.

    If you want to register a delegate yourself you should follow this guide first : https://blog.ark.io/how-do-i-r...

    Some basic voting info : - 1 ARK ADDRESS CAN VOTE FOR ONLY 1 DELEGATE AT A TIME (if you wish to vote for more than 1 delegate, split you wallet in more ARK addresses and repeat the vote process — eg. send the amount you wish to vote from the second wallet to the second wallet), - 1 ARK EQUALS 1 VOTING WEIGHT (the more ark you hold the more weight you hold in your possession — but note that if you split the wallet your voting splits with it eg. if you have 1,000 ARK your voting power is equal to 1,000 ARK, if you split that in to 2 equal wallets each having 500 ARK the voting power of the 1st wallet will be 500 ARK and the 2nd one 500 ARK), - EACH VOTE OR UN-VOTE COSTS 1 ARK (when you vote for a delegate it costs 1 ARK, when you devote the cost is the same 1 ARK).

    Don’t know who to vote for or support with your ARK?

    Read the proposals on our forum from our current list of delegates and vote according to your plan : https://forum.ark.io/category/...

    #1 Voting

    • Open ARK Desktop Client

    Click on the account you wish to cast vote from (note that each vote
    costs 1 ARK and that the more ARK you hold in that wallet the the bigger
    your voting power is).


    1. Click on tab “Votes”.
    2. To add delegate to the voting list first we need to click on the green “Add Delegate” button.

    3. A pop-up will appear — in the first field named “Delegate name” input the delegate you wish to vote for (don’t vote for my delegate name I’m not going to be running a node :) ). 4. After you are done click on “ADD DELEGATE”.


    . Click on red “VOTE*” button - (note that the delegate you are voting for needs to have that red tick in the box).
    *only
    1 delegate vote per wallet address is allowed, if you’ll add more than
    one delegate to the list transaction won’t be broadcasted to the ARK
    network


    6. Input (or paste) the passphrase of the wallet you are voting from.
    7. Click on “NEXT” button.

    7. Last step is to confirm your choice of vote by clicking on “SEND 1 ARK NOW!” — 1 ARK will be deducted from your wallet for that vote cast. You are done! Voting transactions usually gets processed in under 30 seconds, you can verify that your vote has been cast by refreshing your wallet (click on the ARK address in the left menu you are voting from to refresh it) a few times after said time (~ 30 seconds).

    #2 Un-Voting (and/or changing a vote)

    • Open ARK Desktop Client


    • Click on the account you wish to cast vote from (note that each vote costs 1 ARK and that the more ARK you hold in that wallet the the bigger your voting power).
    1. Click on tab “Votes” — this will open current list (the delegate you are currently voting for).

    2. Click on that red checkbox to get it unticked — it should be empty like in the picture above.

    3. Click on red “Vote” button.

    4. Input (or paste) the passphrase of the wallet you are un-voting from. 5. Click on “NEXT” button.

    6. Last step is to confirm your choice of un-vote by clicking on “SEND 1 ARK NOW!” — 1 ARK will be deducted from your wallet for that un-vote cast. You are done! Voting transactions usually gets processed in under 30 seconds, you can verify that your un-vote has been cast by refreshing your wallet (click on the ARK address in the left menu you are un-voting from to refresh it) a few times after said time (~ 30 seconds) and the delegate you once voted for shouldn’t be present in the list anymore.

    If you now want to vote again for someone else repeat steps from #1 Voting in this guide.

    Have any questions or need help?

    Join our live support on Slack : https://ark.io/slack/



  • Let’s Forge Some ARK — Rewards Kick in At Block 75,600

    The ARK blockchain will officially begin producing forging rewards starting with block 75,600. We expect to hit this goal on 28th of March 2017, at approximately 22:00 UTC.

    The start of forging rewards signals an exciting new phase in the ARK delegate cycle that will see our hard working node administrators compensated for operating a safe and secure network. We wanted to take this time to put out some important information to ensure that our community had all of the information necessary to create a successful delegation that we can all be proud of.

    What is Forging?

    For those of you who are brand new to ARK, the ARK blockchain uses an incentive mechanism referred to as forging rewards. Think of forging rewards as the equivalent of Bitcoin mining without the expensive and energy hungry server farms.

    Currently, the ARK block rewards are set at 0 ARK per block. At block 75,600 that number will change automatically and the ARK blockchain will begin producing new tokens to reward delegates who perform the primary function of consensus for the network. This consensus is formed by the Active Delegation, a group of 51 delegates who have been nominated by their peers (that’s us!). Anyone on the network may choose to register and campaign to be a delegate and anyone with at least 1 ARK can cast a vote (1 ARK is the required fee to cast a vote).

    Those delegates in the top 51 in voting are considered ACTIVE delegates and will forge blocks for the network. Those in positions 52 and below are considered relay nodes and will help to secure the network, but will not actively forge rewards.

    Each block processed by any of the active 51 delegates will reward 2 ARK to the forging delegate account for their role in running and securing the network. Along with the 2 ARK forging reward, the delegate will also receive the transaction fee’s that were processed during that same block. The following are the current transaction fee’s charged by the network:

    • basic transaction fee — 0.1 ARK
    • voting/un-voting — 1 ARK
    • second passphrase registration — 5 ARK
    • delegate registration — 25 ARK

    Rewards — By the Numbers:

    Each day approximately 10,800 total blocks are processed by 51 active delegates.

    -1 active delegate processes on average 211 blocks each day -1 active delegate forges on average:  * 422 new ARK each day  * 12,660 new ARK each month * 151,920 new ARK each year - 51 active delegates forge combine on average 7,747,920 new ARK each year!

    ARK forging rewards will maintain the same 2 ARK per block forging rate for the foreseeable future. Unlike some other blockchains, ARK will not lower the forging rewards each year or perform halving at any given block, but due to the same reward, inflation will go down each year.

    Being an ARK delegate can be a substantial source of revenue and should be taken seriously. Every single person using the ARK network depends on the server infrastructure you provide and is counting on you to outperform all expectations. Remember, you are only an active delegate due to the support and votes of your peers.

    Note that upvoting yourself into the active delegation is not enough to forge — you need to register a delegate and run your node on a capable server that can successfully process the blocks assigned to you and maintain a safe and secure infrastructure.

    Why is forging awesome? It provides incentive to secure the ARK network, keeps a lot of ARK off the market due to the need for ever increasing vote weight requirements, and it allows the network to reward its most loyal supporters.

    To help build up the excitement and immortalize our first forger, there will be a special reward for the delegate that forges block 75,600.

    This delegate will receive an additional 2000 ARK, personally funded by several of our ARK Crew members.

    As the delegate forging order is chosen at random by the network, we cannot predict who from the first 51 will be the lucky winner. If you want a chance to win, make sure you are in the active delegation at block 75,600 for your chance to go down in history!

    Join our official Slack if you haven’t and go to :https://arkecosystem.slack.com... to learn more.

    How do I become a Delegate?

    1. Register your ARK delegate 2. Setup your node 3. Secure your node (optional, but highly recommended-don’t forget to start the node after you are done via ARKcommander) 4. Get votes or upvote for yourself — great place to start is our Slack and writing a proposal on our forum .

    How much ARK will I need to become an active delegate?

    This will be a dynamic and an ever changing number, but one thing is certain — it will rise steadily with the demand and new supply of ARKs and influx of new delegates.

    In order to gain current picture visit this link :https://www.arknode.net/VoteRe... (updates every 2 minutes) and take the 51st number under column “vote ARK” to get the entry point on how much you need to get into active delegation.

    - I have ARK and don’t want to run a node. I still want to support a friend, vote for a pool, earn some additional ARK and vote for ARK community member that will bring value to ARK. What can I do?

    Upvote the delegate you wish to vote for. Follow the voting guide:https://blog.ark.io/how-to-vote-or-un-vote-an-ark-delegate-and-how-does-it-all-work-819c5439da68

    If you don’t know who to vote for here is alist of ARK delegate proposals

    - I want to change my vote and vote for someone else what can I do?

    You can un-vote a current delegate and then vote for another — follow this guide #2 Un-voting (scroll down a bit) :https://blog.ark.io/how-to-vote-or-un-vote-an-ark-delegate-and-how-does-it-all-work-819c5439da68

    - Do I need to have my wallet open to keep voting?

    No, once you vote you can close the wallet — vote will stay for as long as you don’t remove it.

    - Are there any restrictions on how many times can I vote or un-vote from any ARK wallet?

    No, there are no restrictions — you can update your vote for as long as you like, but remember that each vote or un-vote costs 1 ARK.

    - Can I vote with my ARK that is on exchange?

    No, you need to move ARK from exchange into your own personal ARK wallet and cast your vote.

    If you have any additional questions our doors are always open. Join our Slack and our fruitful and superb community will help you out :https://ark.io/slack

    Thanks to travis w.




  • The ARK “Doty” Design Contest Win 1,000 ARK

    If you haven’t seen it yet, the first ever official ARK Poker Chip is now available for pre-order. If you have been with ARK for any amount of time, you probably know that we are obsessed with amazing pictures of our fearless leader, Mike Doty. In honor of the start of Community Forging Rewards and to immortalize Mike, I am officially announcing a contest to create an amazing poker chip design that will be forever named the “Doty”.

    Having the Doty will imbue it’s holder with immense power and respect, but before we can receive said power and respect, we must first have a Doty. So, designers, get out your tools! The competition will start immediately and run for 5 days. Because it is only fitting, I will choose the winner on April Fools Day (April 1st, 2017).

    I will send the winner 1,000 ARK for their winning design. If anyone would like to add to the pool, please let me know. In order for your submissions to count, you must tweet them at me on twitter in some witty fashion with some relevant hashtags and stuff. Also, post them on the ARK forum official competition thread.

    The Rules:

    • It must be all about Mike.
    • It must be a poker chip design.
    • It must be epic.

    UPDATE (3/27/17): As per request from an ARK community member, and a really great suggestion to make this even more awesome, I will send (5) Free Doty’s to the community members who submit the top (5) entries. So the first 25 made will go to our awesome community artists!

    Do a good job… He’s watching.. He’s always watching..

    Good Luck and God Speed.



  • ARK GITHUB Development Bounty 200000 ARK for DEVELOPERS in 1st Year

    Github Link :https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    The bounty starts from 1st of April 2017 (hey we are giving you some head-start any pull done before 1st will count for April) and ends on the 1st of April 2018 — not a joke we are serious :). Payout once per month when we review and evaluate all pulls.

    ARK is an open source project and we value our community more than anything. In an open source environment like ours, community supporters can provide the critical boost that a project needs to see long term success. In order to cultivate a community full of experienced developers, security experts, and dedicated enthusiasts, we are instituting a developer bounty program to help show our appreciation for all of the hard work you all are putting into ARK.

    We want to give every developer, hacker, or hobbyist who sees something special in ARK an opportunity to be rewarded for their valuable input to our ecosystem. We know we can’t do this without you!

    For the 1st year, we have allocated 200,000 ARK from our bounty fund to cover our developer bounty program. These funds will be awarded to any contributors who want to further improve our codebase, find critical bugs, or identify security breaches that might pose a threat to our network.

    How does it Work?

    The program will consist of contribution rewards, monthly contests, and annual awards that will be focused on rewarding the top contributors, most impactful pulls, and consistent performance from the open source community. Let’s take a look at the different ways in which you can earn ARK for your contributions!

    Code Contributions/Pull Requests

    Each accepted pull request from our development team will automatically reward you 5 ARK. We value your time and energy finding areas for improvement within our code, no matter how big they are. While this is a small amount of ARK, the pull rewards can add up over time and each one will enter you into the second phase of our program!

    Each month we will calculate for the total number of pull requests from the community. The top 3 developers each month (by number of accepted pulls) will be awarded the following:

    • 1st place: 5,000 ARK
    • 2nd place: 3,000 ARK
    • 3rd place: 2,000 ARK

    In addition, we will award a “Most Valuable Pull (MVP-ARK)*” each month which will earn an additional 2,000 ARK! This will be voted on and selected by the ARK Crew.

    • In the event that no one makes any contributions during the month, that months reward will go to a separate fund for the top developer of the year(ARKveloper). The MVP-ARK reward will go to a quarterly bounty.
    • If there is only 1 contributor during the month, he will receive the 1st place bounty automatically. 2nd and 3rd place will go to the ARKveloper of the year fund. *We can determine if in the running month MVP-ARK is to be given or if not (typos in documentation for instance won’t count as MVP-ARK)— if not the reward goes towards quarterly bonus.

    Contributor of the Quarter

    On top of calculating the monthly rewards, we will also keep track of quarterly statistics. Every 3 months we will designate a Contributor of the Quarter who will receive an additional6,000 ARK!

    Developer of the Year (April ‘17 — April ‘18)

    At the end of the GitHub bounty year, we will look at all of the contributions from our community, including the monthly and quarterly winners. The ARK Crew will then designate a “Developer of the Year”. The selected community member will receive 16,000 ARK and a special custom made ARK T-Shirt shipped to his home named “#1 ARKveloper”!

    — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —

    Want to chat with other developers and brainstorm on new exciting ideas or share your thoughts?

    1. Join ARK Slack
    2. Join room #development in ARK Slack

    Submitting PR (Pull-Request) is a tacit agreement of the ongoing terms. The decision of the winners is of the sole responsibility of ARK team and no appeal will be taken. Every PR containing only typo corrections (eg. document with typo word) will be counted once per month only per GitHub user and won’t count as sum to your total monthly PR.

    Thanks to travis w.




  • ARK After Launch Update And Bugs Fixed

    Since mainnet launch, we have been working tirelessly on updating our ARK core, fixing wallet bugs, improving the wallet UI, and updating ARKcommander to make installation and updates as simple as possible (which now supports rebuilding from fresh snapshots that are created every 15 minutes). So here is a quick recap on what the ARK Crew has achieved during this short time. A special thank you to all our contributors and community who consistently stick together, help each other out, and discover bugs — without you we wouldn’t be here at all!

    Note: all running delegates (active and relay) scroll down to section of ARKcommander.sh update and update your ARK-node core!

    #Bug Fixes

    Yesterday (March 30th) a new core update was pushed after 2 issues were discovered and fixed:

    1. Since ARK uses BIP32 and HD addressing (like Bitcoin) you could send your ARK to a Bitcoin addresses (it wasn’t actually sent to Bitcoin, but you could send it to a wallet that “can’t exist” on the ARK network). This has been fixed, and in addition you can no longer send to an address that cannot be generated within the ARK network (note that all ARK addresses on mainnet start with capital letter ‘A’).
    2. Yesterday a bug was discovered by our community that occurred twice on the blockchain in 2 blocks: - block 3873 was forged over a block time (too late) - block 84675 was forged over a block time (too late)

    The first bug, at block 3873, was a corner case and was harmless because block rewards had not been activated yet. The second was rewarded at block 84675, and assigned 2 ARK to delegate bikerleszno. This should not have occurred as it was forged over a blocktime. As a consequence if a node tried to rebuild from block zero it resulted in being stuck at block 93477 (at that block bikerleszno emptied his account causing this problem).

    A fix and update to the ARK core to prevent forging over a blocktime was completed in less than 2 hours (by our main developer ‘fixcrypt’) after being noticed by our great community on Slack yesterday (thank you all who noticed this while rebuilding and brought it to our attention!).

    Don’t forget we are running yearly 200,000 ARK Github Bounty for all developers / coders / hackers / hobbyists , … to take part : CLICK

    # Updating ARKcommander and Updating ARK Core

    All active and relay nodes should follow this quick guide to update your ARKcommander script and update ARK core.

    1. Login to your server
    2. Input these commands: cd ~/ rm ARKcommander.sh rm -rf snapshots wgethttps://ark.io/ARKcommander.sh bash ARKcommander.sh
    3. Once in ARKcommander choose option ‘3’ and press [ENTER] — your node will update and restart automatically.
    4. If by any chance the config file from the update gets overwritten(when you start you’ll see a message there is no delegates in config file means your config file with passphrase was rewritten with default config file), go back into ARKcommander and choose ‘5’ and press [ENTER] — you will be asked to provide your forging passphrase — paste it and press [ENTER] and node will restart.
    How to rebuild from a snapshot if your node gets stuck?

    cd ~/ bash ARKcommander.sh

    In ARKcommander choose option ‘4’ and press [ENTER]. You will be asked if you want to download a fresh snapshot — choose ‘Y’ and press [ENTER]. You will then be asked if you want to restore from a snapshot — again choose ‘Y’ and [ENTER].

    When you start it next time you will also be presented with a list of snapshots. The most current snapshot is listed under number 1. Choose ‘1’ and [ENTER] and you are done!

    Your blockchain will now sync from a block that is less than 20 minutes old and syncing will only take a few seconds (as opposed to rebuilding from zero which can take 30 minutes).

    # ARK Desktop Wallet Updated to 1.1.0

    NOTE: In order to update your desktop wallet just download latest version fromhttps://github.com/ArkEcosyste... and download version suitable for your OS. Just run it and it will auto-remove the previous version and install a new one — your local settings are preserved.

    We have already released 2 new versions of our desktop wallet. Here are the changes and bugs fixes from the past 2 weeks:

    Features and Enhancements:
    • Add Chinese (Simplified/Traditional) translations
    • Add minimize to tray button
    • Updated translations for all languages
    • Add client restart notice when creating 2nd passphrase or delegate
    • Frame around desktop client
    • Desktop client icons
    Bug Fixes:
    • Add form validation to avoid empty passphrase on import/create account
    • Adding delegate account didn’t automatically assign label
    • New delegate registration didn’t update account name
    • Click on transaction amount does not open the explorer anymore
    • Refresh time for the transaction list is now 8s (down from 20s)
    • Fixed bug where new transactions would get stuck at zero confirmations
    • Click areas for some buttons were not consistent


  • ARK - After Main-net Launch, and Into the Future.

    Ark has successfully crossed two huge milestones off of our road map recently. We could not be happier as to how it played out. After months of preparation and testing, we released ARK into the world. It is steady, fast, and completely run by the community.

    Shortly after Main-net was launched on March 21st 2017, community forging rewards were initiated. At block 75,600 our 51 delegates began receiving 2 ARK per block that they produced and verified for the network. This transition from reward-less blocks to block rewards also went as smooth as main-net launch did.

    For more info on ARK forging rewards please read ARK Forging Rewards Explained.

    Current Road Map

    Now that we have launched and can focus on the future of ARK, we can announce what we are currently working on in the background. Giving everyone a look inside ARK and the team over the next 3–4 months.

    Our first goals after main net launch include:

    • Continuous updates and bug fixes.
    • User interface upgrades.
    • Technical Document Protocol of how the blockchain is updated and the data is exchanged between nodes.
    • Mobile wallets
    • Desktop wallet redesign
    • Alternative implementation via Python, Java, or Go.
    • First iteration of SmartBridge with a Centralized APP.
    • Making ARK clone-able with push button deployment and linked to ARK’s Main Chain via SmartBridge.
    • IPFS integration in ARK.

    That is a technical mouthful but, it is today's current road map and a closer look behind the scenes. The Roadmap on our website will be slightly amended due to the fact that the physical card system needs bitcoin reserves that we do not currently have, but we do have plans for a second crowdfund sometime in the future with our unexchanged tokens from the TEC. The exact dates of these releases cannot be announced quite yet, but stick with us as we will be expanding on this more soon.

    While we are working hard in the background, there are also contests running for anyone that enters to receive some ARK. And new contests being announced all the time.

    ARK Developer Contest — 200,000 ARK

    Are you a developer? Do you know a developer? We are offering 200k ARK over the next year for your input. With monthly and quarterly bounties.

    During all of our developments there will be some PR announcements as well. Including but not limited to, partnerships for SmartBridge, official website overhaul, ARK Merch Store upgrades and designs, deployment of testnet clones for start-ups, instructional videos, SmartBridge documentation, More bounty contests, and ARK’s officially sponsored race car.

    Yes, ARK is sponsoring its very own ARCA/CRA Series mid west race car. The ARK 7 (photos and video will be released soon) will be traveling the mid west and east coast of America. The ARK 7 race car will also be racing at the famous Bristol International Raceway in May. Stay tuned for more info.

    There will also be a special Community design/develop contest to be announced soon in our slack #marketing room. Come join us and be a part of our amazing community of crypto fanatics. https://ark.io/join-ark-slack/

    Thank you ARK Community for an amazing beginning, here’s to the future!


    By,

    travis w

    ARK crew



  • Ark Post Launch Summary — A Delegate’s Eye View — Part 2

    Post Launch — How did Ark launch go?

    I’m very pleased to report that following the launch Ark continues to go from strength to strength!

    The genesis nodes were only required for a few hours after launch, which itself is a very positive sign!

    This blog continues from 00:30 hrs 22nd March 2017. This feels a bit like 24…..

    00:30hrs UTC

    The delegates forging nodes had recovered from the attempted network disruption, and people were mainly back to forging. At this stage the Slack channels were still very busy, the most frequently asked questions were:

    • How do I forge?
    • How do I vote?
    • How do I get access to my TEC funds?
    • When will you release my bounty?

    Once again the Ark crew were on hand to help people with accessing their funds, processing bounties, support in general and posting links to Instruction Guides. The Magnificent 7 were on hand to offer support were they could, deferring to the Ark Crew, where needed.

    Ark/Votes required for a top 51 Position — 15K Ark

    12:00hrs UTC

    The top 51 active forging list changed significantly in the first 12hrs, once people had started to withdraw their TEC funds, and began voting.

    This is where the delegates began to realise that TEC funds alone wouldn’t keep them in the top 51. So began the marketing of delegate proposals. The channels were full of people (including me) posting links to their delegate proposals in the hope of attracting enough interest!

    Ark Price — 3000 satoshis

    More people joined the Slack channels, nearing 750 members at this point. Everyone was on hand to offer support and answer questions.

    00:30hrs UTC — 23rd March 2017

    The forging delegate list continued to change, delegates were moving up and down the list.

    Ark/Votes required for a top 51 Position — 25K

    More delegates registered, people were writing and updating delegate proposals, with the aim of attracting enough voters to secure a forging position.

    The days that followed the launch….

    The days following the initial launch were frantic, the Magnificent 7 were on hand to take pressure off the Ark Crew.

    Ark related tools were being developed and released on an almost daily basis.

    @toons the creator of ARKY, released a new version of the Arky Windows Desktop (v1.2), which is designed to manage payments to delegates voters (if they have a voting share within their proposal). @dafty continued to develop the functionality of Arkbot, the bot can now provide pricing for the mainstream Crypto currencies (if the coin you want isn’t there DM @dafty in slack). Secondly the launch of Arkbots tipping function, this function allows delegates, Ark crew and community members to tip each other for contributions to the Ark Community.

    The time and effort both @dafty and @toons have invested in creating these tools is significant and deserved a big mention here!

    There are many additional tools/sites that have been released, these include but are not limited to: -

    Voter Payout calculators — A number of community members have created some very cool calculators to make transparent which pool offers the best return at that time.

    @dafty — Ark Pool Calculator

    @bioly — Bioly Pool Calculator

    @realnoah — RealNoah Pool Calculator

    @gr33ndragons Website— A one stop shop for Ark related tools, explorers, snapshots and Ark related information. https://www.arknode.net/ Monitoring Tools — A number of these tools have been released, one monitor is available via the above link to gr33ndragon ark-news.com — News page dedicated to provide updates on Ark’s progress, but from a Community Members/Delegates perspective.

    If I have missed anyone from this list please let me know (via @jamiec79 Slack) and I will be happy to update this article immediately.

    Ark Price update

    Ark’s price has been relatively stable considering it’s only been live for less than 2 weeks. The TEC funding prices was around 3300 Satoshis, which formed the basis for the initial mainnet launch price. Their have been highs and lows, the All Time Low (ATL) is 2200 Satoshis, the All Time High (ATH) is 9502 Satoshis.

    The average price since launch is 6250 Satoshis (based on CryptoCompare’s data).

    I think the general consensus is that the Ark Community are glad the pricing has been relatively stable. Its almost doubled the original TEC price of 3300 Satoshis!


    Community Fund

    A Slack channel #communityfund has been created, with the idea of developing a structure where it’s hoped delegates with a share of their forged Ark will deposit their funds into a community controlled fund. The idea being that a central pot of funds, with Ark Community Developers submitting proposals for the review, well defined ideas, with a clear benefit to the community. If the proposal is then selected for funding the Ark Community developer will be funded to develop their proposed tool, software, or hardware suggestion.

    The aim of this fund is to provide support to the very talented Ark Community Developers, offering them funding to create and develop tools that will make Ark a force to be reckoned with! Now and for many years to come!

    This is Ark philanthropy, it’s not all about the profit and quick wins, this is a long term plan, with value being added to the Ark Ecosystem continually.

    Ark/Votes required for a top 51 Position — 517K

    In summary, Arks launch into Mainnet, was one of the smoothest Crypto launches since Crypto began.

    • The tools and community continue to develop at a mind blowing pace.
    • The price has remained stable relative to most newly launched coins.
    • The top 51 now includes a number of Sharing Pools with various splits to support voters, cover the delegates VPS running costs and community fund shares.

    I want to thank all of the talented community members for making Ark what it is!

    I will be releasing a weekly update on ARK, also shorter daily blogs detailing key information/updates, and i’m working on creating a Bio for each of the Ark Crew and Community Developers.

    I hope you enjoyed reading, I thank you for your time!

    @jamiec79 (Slack)

    *All of the pricing information contained within this blog was correct at the time of writing.

    by,

    jamiec79



  • ARK Weekly News update, Ark Community Fund Draft Concept Paper Launched..

    The pace of new tools, pool strategies, and the number of Ark required to be an active delegate continues to increase.

    Ark Price

    The prices of Ark has fluctuated over the last week, this is to be expected for a newly born Crypto coin. At Arks height this week it reached 7100 Satoshi (Sat) and dropped as low as 4210 Sat. Whilst writing this blog the price seems to have steadied at around 6400–6800 Sat range.


    Ark Supply

    Around 38.9 million Ark are being used to secure/vote for the top 51 active delegates. Which is over 31% of the total Ark supply. The question delegates keep asking themselves is how much Ark will it take to secure a forging position?!

    Delegates

    All delegates are keeping a very watchful eye on their position, it’s become part of our daily ritual. Log on, check position via Block Explorer and either laugh or cry! For most of us moving 20–30 positions in a day is fairly typical, but our nerves took a hammering(@tharude — that ones for you!).

    It now takes 721K Ark to be in 51st Place.

    New Tools

    @toons has released his Vote/Pool Calculator

    WIN32 — Pool Calculator WIN64 — Pool Calculator

    @gr33ndragon‘s webpage is developing every day, it’s quickly become a “one-stop shop” for everything Ark!Gr33ndragon’s Ark Node Site

    If anyone else has any tools, or software i’ve missed then please let know, i’ll happily add a link.

    Ark Community Fund (ACF) — Draft Concept Paper Launched.


    There are a number of solo delegates and pools that have allocated a proportion of their forged Ark towards a Community Fund. It was discussed by the members of the #communityfund — Slack channel that a more collaborative approach would enable the community to fund Ark related projects. Rather than a number of relatively small individual holders.

    A Concept Paper describes how the fund could/would work, how the fund could be managed, projects could be filtered, refined and voted on. The paper at this stage is in a draft format, so that people are able to share ideas, thoughts, and changes with the community.

    It will take time to agree the structure of the fund, project and ACF Board Members voting, how the fund will be managed. Will the ACF focus just on Ark related tools, hardware and infrastructure to begin with, or will it also be able to become an Ark Incubator? The Ark Crew’s involvement in reviewing and proposing suggestions has been really beneficial. Along with the #communityfund channels support.

    ACF Initial Concept Paper

    The Ark Community Fund — Project Template

    ACF Feedback, Ideas and Changes

    The ACF paper is now under review by the community. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas, this is after all the communities document!

    To help ensure we are able to begin funding community projects, we would ask that all feedback is provided by Friday 14th April 2017 please?

    Ark Branding/Marketing

    A new channel (#marketing) has been created for the community to put forward changes and suggestions to the current Ark marketing, website, whitepaper and roadmap.

    The Ark Crew have already started updating the elements highlighted above, based upon the comments and suggestions, but this could take time, as they have many priorities to consider. More updates on Marketing will follow in future weekly updates.

    I will be releasing a weekly update on ARK, also shorter daily blogs detailing key information/updates, and i’m work is ongoing, creating a Bio for each of the Ark Crew and Community Developers.

    I hope you enjoyed reading, I thank you for your time!

    @jamiec79

    *All of the pricing information contained within this blog was correct at the time of writing.

    By, 

    jamiec79



  • ARK: First JavaScript DPoS Blockchain With Native Support for Java Development

    ARK is delighted to announce that our team has successfully developed a Java library to connect to the ARK blockchain using Groovy framework. We welcome the Java community with open arms as new and exciting ways to connect and utilize ARK are implemented.

    The popularity of Java gives us reach into more universal business enterprises and gaming applications. Java integration also paves the way for alternative full node implementation, and even mobile blockchain based apps or games. The learning curve for using Groovy framework for Java is extremely fast, Javark can run on JVM and can be used by all Java developers!

    Be sure to check our lite client library for Java on GitHub: https://github.com/ArkEcosyste...

    With Javark you can currently:

    • Create ARK accounts for users
    • Send transactions between accounts
    • Retrieve status of any ARK account in real time
    • Interconnect different platforms using ARK

    For example sending a transaction using Javark will be as simple as:

    Network.Mainnet << transaction

    Be sure to check and test our first simple example showing all of the above : https://github.com/arkecosyste...

    Javark widens our market, specifically for mobile apps/games. One of the next steps in this direction is the first full implementation to perform SPV (Simple Payment Verification) for blocks / transactions that will be natively available for mobile apps (think in-game monetization using Javark and ARK blockchain).

    ARK continues to expand our audience of potential developers and clients and we have only just launched. Our MainNet has been live for only 3 weeks. ARK’s course remains true and we have the wind at our backs. Come aboard!


    Are you a developer and want to help out Ark and in return get some Ark tokens?

    Then be sure to check out ARK’s Dev Bounty Program that has 200,000 ARK allocated in the first year: https://goo.gl/xDXnrX

    P.S. Don’t forget to join our awesome Slack community.



  • ARK Update Brings Better TX Broadcasting







    Apart from constantly working on new things, we are also constantly improving ARK core so we are happy to announce a new minor ARK core update that :

    - Fixes transaction broadcasting (sometimes TX didn’t get broadcasted on the ARK network and user had to rebroadcast the TX). - /api/accounts/getBalance now returns error if address is not recognised as ARK address - blockid is added to transaction in /api/transactions

    What do I have to do if I’m running a node on my server for ARK, be it active (you are in the top #51) or relay (you are #52 and downwards)?

    Make sure you are running latest ARKcommander.sh (if not sure) run this commands:

    cd ~ rm ARKcommander.sh wget https://ark.io/ARKcommander.sh

    After that :

    bash ~/ARKcommander.sh

    Once in ARKcommander option ‘3’ Update ARK (press ‘3’ + [enter])

    That’s it — node will update and automatically restart. Simple right?

    What do I have to do if I’m only end-user and love ARK?

    Nothing — keep on loving and supporting ARK :)

    Thank you ARK community you are the best!



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